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Bill Would Ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics

PHOTO Rep. Jim Moran is co-chair of the Animal Welfare Caucus, and says the testing of cosmetics on animals is no longer needed. Photo courtesy of Rep. Jim Moran.
PHOTO Rep. Jim Moran is co-chair of the Animal Welfare Caucus, and says the testing of cosmetics on animals is no longer needed. Photo courtesy of Rep. Jim Moran.
July 21, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. - The time has come to ban animal testing for cosmetics, according to a northern Virginia Congressman.

Rep. Jim Moran is sponsoring the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would phase out animal testing for U.S.-made cosmetics within a year, and imported cosmetics within three years.

Moran said consumers want the change, and the industry has already started to switch to non-animal testing, because such cosmetics now work better and are less expensive in the long run.

"Not only can we do without it, but we should," said Moran. "Testing on animals isn't as effective as the new methods that generate better data and is quicker."

According to Moran, imports contribute to the problem, as companies often seek to bring in cheaper cosmetics from places like China, where animal testing is common.

It was required for all cosmetics until this month, when so-called ordinary cosmetics became exempt. Moran pointed out that the European Union has already banned animal testing, and it's clear that's the direction the market is going.

The Humane Cosmetics Act has nearly fifty co-sponsors, but Moran admitted that getting the bill through Congress is a challenge now.

Moran said animal cosmetic testing is often barbaric.

"They shave their skin and pour toxic chemicals on to see how much the animal can take," explained Moran. "They'll drop chemicals into the eyes of animals like rabbits, to see how much damage is done or to see whether it makes them blind."

According to Moran, consumers will come to strongly prefer cosmetics made without such cruelty.

Read the text of H.R. 4148, Humane Cosmetics Act, at Govtrack.us.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - VA